Landing a new job may be hard. Especially if you’re a professional in a crowded industry. Competition is fierce and differentiating yourself from others isn’t always easy. And usually having your college degree isn’t enough. You need a top-quality personal brand and some complementary skills that will help you to land that job. Of course, your career path defines the skill set that will benefit you the most. For example, the skills that benefit my career are mostly related to communications, marketing and social media. But when you haven’t yet figured out your preferred career path, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why I’ve written you a list of 5 skills that will help you to land a new job, no matter what’s your industry.
One of my core values is self-improvement. I believe that you should try to learn new things everyday. Having your college degree simply isn’t enough these days. You need to be able to constantly add new skills to your skill set and to learn new, better ways and techniques to do things. Not everyone is willing to do this though. And that’s why learning new skills is a great way to set yourself apart from your competition. In my opinion, this is one of the best job hunting strategies.
5 Skills that will help you to land a new job
Learning the basics of at least one coding language is important in every industry. When I started at my current job as a marketing coordinator, I was asked if I am able to use HTML 5 to create websites and ad banners. I wasn’t. I got the job, because I promised that I’m willing to learn. Now I’ve been attending several online courses and learned the basics of HTML.
If you’re not a techie, coding may sound difficult and boring. That’s how I felt before as well, but I was wrong. Learning the basics of HTML has really opened a whole new world to me. I can’t yet build cool websites using HTML 5 but at least now I have a little idea how developers can do it. It has helped me to understand web design better. That’s why I really suggest you learn the basics of at least one coding language. I started my learning at Udemy.
2. Public speaking
You know those people who enjoy giving presentations and talking to a huge audience? Well, me neither. But public speaking is one of the most important skills you can learn that really benefits your career. It’s possible that you will never give a speech to thousands of people but I know for sure that you will give smaller presentations in several meetings at your office. Also, in order to get a job, you need to be able to communicate clearly about your own goals and strengths in front of your interviewer.
Public speaking is something you can practice and learn. Of course, some people are more talented than the others, but practice helps everyone. You can read books about public speaking, attend a course ore practice in front of your mirror. If you’re not convinced that public speaking skills are important, here’s a great article about that topic at Career Contessa.
3. A Foreign Language
Learning at least one foreign language can boost your possibilities to land a new job. Even if you’re a native in English, you should learn the basics of another language. Spanish, German, French, Russian and Mandarin are probably the most useful languages when it comes to your career, but being able to speak Italian or even Swedish can set you apart from your competition when you’re trying to find a new job.
In Finland and I guess in other non-English-speaking-countries as well, being able to speak fluent English is not enough. Everyone is fluent in English, so it’s not going to set you apart from your competition. I got my job because I am fluent in German and know basics of Swedish and French as well. So learning the basics of at least one foreign language that’s not English can really help you to land a new job.
4. Basics of Social Media
Learning the basics of social media marketing is a valuable skill even when you’re not applying for marketing-related jobs. You may not be responsible of the social media channels of your workplace but you are definitely responsible of your own personal brand. And you need to be able to communicate about your personal brand on social media.
Your online presence can really make a huge different when you are applying for new jobs. Using social media to support your personal brand is one of the most effective ways to differentiate yourself from others. I also highly recommend you to start blogging or setting up your own portfolio website. Blogs and portfolio sites aren’t only for photographers or designers, everyone should have one!
You probably think that leadership skills aren’t necessary when you’re applying for an entry-level job. But you’re wrong. Learning basics of leading helps you to
- communicate better with your coworkers
- think more strategically
- improve your problem solving skills
- adapt a can-do mentality
And all these skills will help you to be a better employee. Plus there’s always at least one person you need to lead – you. You need to be able to take responsibility of your own work. That requires at least some leading skills.
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